What is that DVD you brought from the library, I asked my niece who came from the U.S. to spend some time with us.
Aunty, it is the movie ‘Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna’. I missed seeing it when it was screened , she said as though she missed something very important. Have you seen it? she asked.
No, I said.
You don’t know what you have missed. All my friends thought it was just awesome, she raved.
We settled for a three hour treat and I noticed the youngster watching the movie in rapt attention.
I heaved a sigh of relief when the movie came to an end.
Aunty, don’t you think the movie is just fantastic, she beamed.
Since I wanted to reserve my comments I said, Why don’t you tell me why you think the movie is just fantastic ? I said.
Well aunty, because I feel everything about the movie, the locales, the actors and the songs are just superb, she said going into raptures about her favourite hero and heroine’s acting.
What else, I said.
The costumes are so trendy. Don’t you think Preity Zinta looks so hep in all those dresses? she asked.
Yes, she does, I agreed.
And Shahrukh Khan is sooo sweet, I felt so happy for him when Rani Mukherjee breaks away from her marriage and joins the man she loves, she said.
And what else did you like about the movie, I prompted, fearing what she would say next.
Well, Abhishek Bachhan is good but he is no match for Rani because the couple has nothing in common, she said, sounding very concerned.
I could see the discussion was getting really serious.
You haven’t said anything about the story, I observed.
To hell with the story, does it matter when there are such top actors in the movie and such lovely locales? said the youngster.
Don’t you think the movie tends to send wrong signals about marriage and morals because Rani Mukherjee doesn’t give herself any time to understand her husband and work at her marriage? I reasoned.
Aunty, you are too old fashioned in your thinking. You know what the advertising guru who belongs to Bombay said in an interview recently ? He said women should empower themselves and do what they like to please themselves. They should choose their own partners and if they are not happy in their marriage, they shouldn’t hesitate to call it off. He cited himself as an example , having divorced two wives and married for the third time..
I saw the futility of convincing her about marriage and morals. If a movie like KANK is made another one titled KINK would soon follow I thought, to corrupt and confuse young minds about marriage and morals.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao